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Spice Tree The Signature Range CB

Overall rating
84.70/100
votes
341
Whiskybase ID
WB97039
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Compass Box (CB)
Bottling serie
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled
2017
Casktype
French oak (heads) + American oak (bodies)
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5065000482602
Added on
06 Jun 2017 10:49 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 55.26

19 × in wishlist

341 × member ratings

836 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Spice Tree The Signature Range CB

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.70 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 88 points Super Administrator

    Innovation, courage and the forces of evil. We all love a good story, and Compass Box's clash with the SWA regarding Spice Tree and the use of inner staves is almost legendary. On the nose, a potpourri of herbal and spicy flavors is enriched by grapefruit, toffee and candle wax. The punchy and aromatic arrival is led by chili pepper, ginger and a good amount of oak. Sweet and sour notes creep in, followed by lemon zest, nutmeg and parsley. Walnuts, resin and distant vanilla mark the long and peppery-dry finish. Kudos to John Glaser for creating this malt!

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 88 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. señor_D scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    The name doesn't lie, it's spicy alright.
    Although it doesn't rock a precious age statement on the label, a very helpful lady from the folks at the CB told me the following in an email:
    The Clynelish, Dailuaine and Teaninich are all around 10 years old when they are blended before being filled into our custom barrels. They are then aged for a further 2 years before being bottled. This means that most Spice Tree is 12 years old when bottled.
    (2021 edit - now that CB have sneakily implied the age in their diagrams - later batches seem to be consisted of mostly 9yo with a bit of some slightly older malt. See their website)
    • Nose
      85 85
      Apple cobbler, beeswax, fresh pears. The nose is sharp and light in character.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Vanilla ice cream with a lot of raisins soaked in rum. A touch of clove and Ceylon black tea.
      Water brightens it up, brings grass and freshly sawn wood to the game.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Burnt caramel and increasingly dryer.

  3. karloff scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger and Slainte Mhath by the sounds of it.
    I liked this a lot more second time around and I think it's because I'm a bit more experienced and can appreciate it more.
    It is what it says on the bottle and won't be for everyone.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Toffee, dates, oregano, pepper, honey and ginger.
      This is what I was expecting because I've had it before, be it a long time ago.
      It's along those lines anyway.
      Oatmeal biscuits, wet cardboard and pencil.
      I really like this it has a lot going on and with the nose a bit more experienced, I'm picking up a lot more.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Wow! Spice Tree? More like Spice Forest.
      It's like crunching into one of those rock hard ginger biscuits.
      I want to say spice overload but it is surrounded by other flavours that attract your attention away.
      More of those dates with Fisherman's Friend lozenges.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The spice calms down very quickly and leaves just enough to linger with black pepper on the death.

  4. Jabarkas scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Very, very pleasant blend, that is fully worth its starting price under 50 dollars.
    • Nose
      Caramel, a bit rum like, a bit of sherry
    • Taste
      Sweet, sherry, mostly dark fruits, very smooth and pleasant.
    • Finish
      Sugar sweetnes on grapes.

  5. peatbogger scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    I find this to be too expensive here in Norway, and when I find it elsewhere there's always something more interesting catching my eye. So thanks to Slàinte Mhath for leaving this bottle.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Slightly zesty with herbal notes.
      Young freshly cut wood, lots of furniture polish.
      Spicy.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Creamy texture.
      Pepper and wood straight from arrival.
      A lot of spicy flavours, intense and interesting.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Stays for quite some time with spice, dry nuts and wood.
      A bit too dry for my liking, yet clean without any unpleasantness.

  6. YD84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Caramel, herbs, pears, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, honey, chocolate, oak spice, touch of citrus. Lovely fruitiness on the palate. Oily mouthfeel and a lingering finish. A tiny amount of water and the whisky starts singing. Expertly put together blended malt. Beautiful.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Nazin scored this whisky 65 points Expert Junior

    Another Compass Box which is nice at nose, but hardly drinkable. Nose is banana, caramel, honey, fresh grass, pineapple, a little of oak. Taste is peppery, honey, fruits, lemon. Finish is bitter, oaky, burned sugar.

  8. Gweddry scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      cereals, cereals, wax, malt, eggplant, dust and clay, needles, peanuts, hazelnuts, coffee, butter-lemon biscuits, cloves and nutmeg, apple,
    • Taste
      sweet, bitter, malt, pepper, at the end a trace of burnt wood
    • Finish
      fruit compote, sugar, apricots, ryngle, raisins

  9. Foudos scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. TP_Wtr scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

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